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Jo’s Jottings: A day so busy I had nothing left in the tank for Relay for Life

By Jo Ellen Dale

The regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club was held June 4 at the 19th Hole.  Again I received many good wishes as it happened to be my birthday.  During the meeting, President Marti Cowherd passed around a thank-you note from Zoe Harper for having been selected for the Earl Collins Scholarship for 2013-14.  She plans to attend Southeast Missouri State University.  The president also noted that positive reports on the Kiwanis Terrific Kids have been received from the elementary and middle schools. Since it was the first of the month, a Kiwanis board meeting was held in lieu of a program.
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We have had so much rain this spring that flowers are blooming everywhere in wild profusion.  My Paul Scarlet roses are especially beautiful.  However the grass is also growing at a rate that demands frequent mowing.
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Wednesday the Rachel Circle of the United Christian Presbyterian Church enjoyed a picnic at the home of Cleo Hayes.  Again my friends surprised me with gifts and cards and the fried chicken, potato salad, green beans and dessert were delicious.
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Wednesday evening Bonnie McCalley and her daughter Elise took me to dinner at Hometown Pizza to celebrate my birthday and brought me a gift and cards.  One of my favorite salads was available – the spinach/chicken Alfredo – and the generous serving was enough for another meal.
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Thursday evening the regular dinner meeting of the American Legion and Auxiliary was held at the Legion hall.  After dinner, the Legion and Auxiliary members held their respective business meetings. President Lee Snelling conducted the rather long meeting with her usual dispatch so that we were not too late adjourning.  Officers for the coming year were elected.
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Friday Bonnie McCalley and I planned to meet at the 19th Hole for lunch but the parking lot was full due to the Touchdown Club golf tournament.  There were 32 four-man teams and all the proceeds will go to support the football program at Richmond High School. We went to the “Oink and Moo” instead, and owner Farrell Hockemeier sang “Happy Birthday” to me.  Bonnie enjoyed their food as much as I did.
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I went back to the golf club after that to attend Rotary Club and hear the program.  Diana Closterman, CPA of Westbrook & Co. talked of her work in uncovering white-collar crime, i.e. fraud.  The audience, including myself, listened intently to her descriptions of the ease with which some trusted employees have managed to steal from their companies and the reasons that drive them to do it. She also emphasized some of the means to prevent this sort of theft. She then opened the floor for questions.  A very timely program.
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Later in the afternoon Friday I went up to the Square to get some of the Masons’ fish and chips.  I had planned to come back at 7:30 to walk in the Relay for Life but in view of all my celebrating I decided that I just was not up to more exercise for the day.  This is the first year that I have not taken part in the walk, although I never did make it all night.  Usually I would walk until about 10 p.m. then go home for a long nap and return early in the morning for the closing exercises.
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Post Commander Larry D. Brune and Veterans Service Officer James Rippy attended the 93rd Department of Missouri VFW annual convention in Springfield. During the session, Larry Brune was presented the department’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2013. He also received a National Certificate of Recognition for his duties as Community Service Chairman for District 1. In addition, commander Brune received two awards for Post 4398, the Silver Award for its donations to the State VSO program and the All State Award for the completion of all requirements.  Commander Brune was also presented with his third All State Cap and Quartermaster David Klaassen received his second. We are justly proud of all our veterans.

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